DIY Doctor Kevin Farrelly describes an easy step by step method for you to lay your cork tiles. Cork will take colour easily and can be stained any colour to coordinate with your room.
Unwrap your cork tiles and leave them in the room for approximately 48 hours before starting to lay same. Always refer to manufacturers instructions.
Now start to spread the adhesive thinly but evenly, using a notched spreader applying just enough at one time for two or three tiles. Remember to press firmly down on each tile.
To mark your border tiles for cutting, place a spare tile on top of the adjacent border tile. Now slide your spare tie across until it butts against the skirting or wall. Mark a line along the back edge of tile and cut along this line.
To cut around a pipe, mark its position on the tile using a compass. Draw parallel lines from the perimeter of the circle to the edge of the tile. Measure halfway between the lines and cut a straight slit to the tile's edge. Bend back the slit and slide the tile into place.
To cut around awkward shapes, use a profile gauge or make a template of thin cardboard. If your cork tiles are not pre-sealed, protect them with three coats of polyurethane varnish.
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